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'Retail Theater:' Inflated Retail Prices Meant To Look Like Steals

Ari Shapiro talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Suzanne Kapner about the fake discounts retailers build into their products during the holiday season.
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Black Friday's Mission Creep: When The Holiday Deals Are Elsewhere

Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is one the busiest, most hectic shopping day of the year. But how important is it for retailers and as an indicator of the strength of the holiday shopping season?
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From Shop Class To Shipyard: Oregon's Plan For Industrial Interns

Manufacturers in Oregon want to hire high school students. But they don't want the kinds of high school students that colleges are after — the kind who have amazing test scores and will spend hours perfecting essays. They want teenagers who want to paint, weld and work with their hands. The hope is that those teens will turn into enthusiastic workers in an industry where the current workforce is headed toward retirement.
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Party Like It's 1799: Traditional Cider Makes A Comeback

Cider is still a small part of the overall alcohol market, but it's growing faster than any other category — and not just the hot mulled stuff that steams up your kitchen. This cider is more like sparkling wine. Some of it is made with the same apple varieties, and in the same style, as the cider bottled by Thomas Jefferson.
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Growing Holiday Shopping Season May Hurt Retailers' Profits

As the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season arrives earlier and earlier, the door-buster sales are beginning to cut into retailers' bottom lines. Black Friday comes at a time when some of the biggest retailers such as J.C. Penney and Sears are hurting.
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Burberry Fights China's Trademark Decision

Officially it's called Haymarket Check. The iconic tan, black and red tartan is best known as the symbol of the Burberry brand, the British fashion house came up with it a century ago. Chinese officials have decided to revoke Burberry's tartan trademark.
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Theater Chains Upgrade To Attract Homebodies

Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie goers more of the comforts of home.
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Health Care Frustrations Turn Into Satisfaction For Ga. Man

In the first month of the federal health insurance exchange, about 1,400 people in Georgia signed up for insurance. One of those is Michael Lappin of Atlanta. He not only has better coverage now, but Lappin says he's saving thousands of dollars.
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Epic Commutes Face Those Caught In Public Transit Puzzle

You think your commute is bad? How about a two-hour trek to go a mere 15 miles? That's what one Chicago resident faces as she catches trains and buses to get to her part-time job. Commuting can be especially difficult for people who can't afford a car but live far from their jobs.
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Businesses Woo Customers With Free Phone-Charging Stations

It's not an uncommon experience for smartphone owners: You're out for lunch or running errands, you suddenly realize your phone battery is low, and you panic. A Philadelphia entrepreneur thinks he's found the solution, and it's supposed to help phone owners and stores.

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